Lisa & Thomas Collecting More Signatures In
Support Of Impeachment At The Farmer’s Market
(Takoma Park, MD)
Originally uploaded by takomabibelot. (Thanks!)
Fellow Takoma Park Impeach Bush & Cheney volunteer Lisa Moscatiello and I (1) got about 100 signatures, (2) distributed about a dozen lawn signs and two dozen buttons, and (3) acquired two sunburns this weekend in an hour and a half or so of petitioning at the Takoma Park Farmer’s Market this past weekend.
It was kind of fun, actually — for one thing, it’s not a tough crowd, but for another, it beats doing nothing about the hypocrites and criminals running things from the White House.
We’re also very fortunate to have something concrete and local to work towards — a city council resolution calling for impeachment that will come to a vote on July 23. Thanks once again to Councilman Reuben Snipper for sponsoring the resolution.
For those of you who want to try this yourselves at home, we’re using a variety of resources, including the Democrats.com “Impeach Bush Now!” site and the “Impeachment Resource Center” at AfterDowningStreet.org. Looking around the second one, I found that the Takoma Park, MD resolution that will come to a vote on July 23 is similar the one passed by Fairfax, California; there are a number of other models to choose from as well.
But we’re also making up a lot ourselves as we go; Michelle Bailey, in particular, has been instrumental in getting the green lawn signs that have started sprouting around town, and in organizing public comment period speakers at city council meetings. July 4th will hopefully be a good day for getting petition signatures; if you’d like to help with that, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, here’s James Madison once again, this time on the Scooter Libby story. At the Constitutional Convention, Madison was answering George Mason’s concern that the President might use his pardoning power to “pardon crimes which were advised by himself” or, before indictment or conviction, “to stop inquiry and prevent detection”:
[I]f the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds tp believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty…*
— 1974 House Judiciary Committee post-Watergate report, Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment: Chapter II. The Historical Origins of Impeachment: B. The Intentions of the Framers. Via David Swanson (“After Downing Street”).
CROSSPOSTED from newsrack.